Life's a Pitch

Life's a Pitch

United Kingdom

BT Sport brings you a weekly instalment of the best insight and analysis from award-winning football journalist Mike Calvin and a supporting cast of some of Fleet Street's finest writers.

Episodes

It's game on in the title race  

Mike Calvin is joined by journalists John Cross and Jonathan Norcroft, who say Saturday's FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Tottenham could be pivotal.

United should give Zlatan a two-year contract  

Mike Calvin is joined by the Daily Mirror's Darren Lewis and Miguel Delaney of The Independent, who discuss the importance of Ibrahimovic to Man Utd and whether Leicester can pull off another miracle in the Champions League.

Chelsea 'can't lose title from here'  

Journalists Adrian Clarke and Tom Hopkinson join Mike Calvin to discuss whether Blues fans should be worried, and if Alexis Sanchez is damaging team spirit at Arsenal.

Man City primed for top-four battle as Arsenal and Chelsea await  

Mike Calvin, Jonathan Northcroft and Dom Fifield assess Man City’s progress under Pep Guardiola ahead of two huge Premier League fixtures at Arsenal and Chelsea, Liverpool’s Merseyside derby date with in-form Everton and how England are adapting to life under Gareth Southgate.

Arsenal in crisis as Chelsea march on towards the title  

Mike Calvin, Tony Evans and David Walker dissect Arsene Wenger’s lowest point as Arsenal manager, the Premier League title and relegation races, and Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad selection ahead of the international break.

Can City win the Champions League this season?  

Mike Calvin is joined by John Cross (Mirror) and Miguel Delaney (Independent) to discuss all the goings on in this year’s Champions League, including Barca’s incredible comeback last week and whether City can hold on to their 2 goal lead in Monaco, as well as looking ahead to all this weekend’s Premier League action.

Is Sanchez on the way out of Arsenal?  

Mike Calvin, Darren Lewis and Adrian Clarke assess the latest setback at Arsenal as they drop Alexis Sanchez and drop out of the top four, while the pod also dissect the other big stories from the Premier League and look ahead to the next round of Champions League and Europa League fixtures.

Were Leicester right to sack Ranieri?  

Mike Calvin is joined by Dominic Fifield and Tom Hopkinson to discuss the sacking of Claudio Ranieri, Manchester United’s League Cup final win over Southampton and Liverpool’s colossal ‘top-four’ clash with Arsenal, live on BT Sport on Saturday.

Will Mourinho pick up his first trophy as United boss?  

John Cross and Jonathan Northcroft join Mike Calvin to preview the week's action, including the EFL Cup final between Manchester United and Southampton at Wembley. The trio also review a superb week of FA Cup fifth round action and look ahead to the latest round of 16 Champions League fixtures.

Will Arsenal finally beat Bayern?  

Mike Calvin is joined by ESPN’s Tony Evans and Tom Collomosse of the Evening Standard to discuss Arsenal’s chances against Bayern Munich in the Champions League and what lies ahead for Arsene Wenger regardless of the result. The team also look ahead to Man Utd and Spurs in the Europa League and all the weekend’s FA Cup action.

Is it time for Wenger to go?  

Mike Calvin is joined by Miguel Delaney and Darren Lewis to dissect a rollercoaster Premier League weekend, including Arsenal's familiar February crumble, Chelsea's relentless pursuit of the title, the impact of Gabriel Jesus and the fight to avoid relegation.

Is this the week Chelsea wrap up the title?  

Mike Calvin is joined by David Walker and Adrian Clarke to preview a huge week in the Premier League title race as Chelsea face Liverpool and Arsenal, plus a look at the latest January transfer dealings and the future of Wayne Rooney.

Chelsea’s title? Is it all over for Liverpool?  

Mike Calvin is joined by Tony Evans and Jonathan Northcroft to discuss another dramatic Premier League weekend at both ends of the table as Liverpool and Tottenham lose ground to Chelsea in the title race and Swansea boost their survival hopes. Plus a look ahead to the League Cup semi-finals and the FA Cup fourth round.

Man City to miss out on the top four?  

Mike Calvin is joined by John Cross (Mirror) and Dominic Fifield (Guardian) to discuss Man City’s woeful display at Goodison Park, player loyalty, the lure of the Chinese Super League, and whether Tottenham and Liverpool can challenge Chelsea for the Premier League title.

United v Liverpool: Chelsea's two closest challengers for the title?  

Adrian Clarke (Arsenal TV) and Tom Hopkinson (Mirror) join Mike Calvin to discuss Mourinho's meeting with Klopp this Sunday and whether these two sides are the most likely to challenge Chelsea for the title - as well as all other goings on at the top and bottom of the Premier League.

Will Man Utd win the FA Cup again?  

​Jonathan Northcroft (Times) and Tony Evans (Standard) join Mike Calvin to discuss the big games from the FA Cup third round. Will Mourinho focus on defending it for United? Is it Liverpool’s year with Klopp at the helm, or is it a season for the minnows?

Premier League mid-season review  

The Football Writers team have a look at the season so far, assessing how all sides in the Premier League have performed up until Christmas, who’s over-performing, which managers are in trouble and who needs what in January.

Have Arsenal’s wheels fallen off sooner than usual?  

Jonathan Northcroft (Telegraph) and Tony Evans (Evening Standard) join Mike Calvin to discuss Arsenal’s recent dip in form, Chelsea’s unbeaten run and all other goings on at the top and bottom of the Premier League table

Is this Arsenal’s year to beat Bayern?  

Mike Calvin is joined by Dom Fifield (Guardian) and Tom Collomosse (Standard) to discuss the Champions League and Europa League draws and what lies ahead for the 5 English teams still in Europe, as well as analysis of last weekend’s football and a look ahead to an action packed week with 20 Premier League matches.

Chelsea collapse shows Guardiola’s Man City are far from flawless  

Mike Calvin is joined by John Cross and Adrian Clarke to round up the biggest football stories from the weekend, including Man City’s collapse against Chelsea, Man United’s inability to close out matches, Leicester’s relegation fears and whether Liverpool’s defence is strong enough to make them genuine title challengers.

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